Aug 26, 2011

Pictures too big, how to send via email?

Now that I upgraded to a new digital camera, the photos are too big to add to emails to send to my family and friends. What's the best way to shrink the photos down to a size that will fit and also send using Hotmail?

You might want to check out GIMP for Windows. It's a free and open source image editing program. You could use it to shrink photos so they work better in email messages.


"GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted."

It's not really a good idea to send 3mb+ photos via Hotmail. In addition to filling up your own email box, you'll be filling up other people's email boxes. A few years ago I would have recommended that you compress the photos together using ZIP but nowadays that doesn't save as much space as we would want. It's probably best to join a photo sharing site: like Windows Live SkyDrive, Yahoo Flickr, or Google Picasa. That way you can post entire batches of photos (from kids birthday parties to Christmas morning package destruction) and then people can choose which photos they want to look at -- which is also more polite than dumping a bunch of high-res photos into your friends' and family's email.

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